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Weekend America's Music Coverage


  • Putting 'Danny Boy' to Rest

    A.J. and Branden

    Alfred O'Neil, Jr. sang "Danny Boy" at his father's funeral. He sang it so well he was asked to sing it again, and again, and again. Today he retires "Danny Boy" with an open-mic tribute.

  • Memories of the First MP3 Player

    World's First MP3 Player.

    Ten years ago this month, the first MP3 player was introduced. For the first time people could carry around digital copies of their music. Wired Magazine tech writer Eliot Van Buskirk reminisces about the first time he saw the MPMan and how it influenced his entire life.

  • "There Goes the Fear"

    Doves band

    When Tommy Grimes hears "There Goes the Fear" by the Doves, he thinks of the weekend and also of being fearless as he faces adulthood.

  • Listening In on the OR

    Dr. Atul Gawande scrubs up.

    You're on the operating table, drifting off from the anesthesia, and you hear ... a rock and roll tune? More and more, doctors listen to music as they work in the operating room. We went into the OR with surgeon and writer Dr. Atul Gawande to hear his tunes.

  • "The Heart of Saturday Night"

    At the South Pole

    When Nathan Tift of Edina, Minn., hears "The Heart of Saturday Night," by Tom Waits, he thinks of a time he was in one of the most remote and coldest places on earth: the South Pole.

  • From Refugee to All Star

    Reuben M. Koroma

    The band Refugee All Stars was formed in a refuge camp in Sierra Leone during a brutal civil war. Like a fairy tale, they were discovered by a major label. Now they have released several albums and have toured throughout the world. Weekend America's Michael May caught up with the band to talk about their success.

  • Concert Memories

    Bobbye Larson

    Weekend America asked listeners about their best and worst concert memories, and we got an outpouring of responses.

  • "Oklahoma!" and Mr. Clean

    First Annual Sisters' Meal Out

    When Maureen McNulty Saxton of Holt, Mich., hears "Oklahoma!" she knows it's the weekend.

  • Song and Memory: "Let's Get Together"

    Strawberry Fields Poster

    Harley Hansen was finishing his first year of college in 1970. The Weathermen Underground were threatening to blow up buildings, anti-war demonstrations were happening on college campuses and students like Hansen were inspired by the peace-minded music of the time.

  • Jeff Horwich's Super Tuesday

    Jeff Horwich

    We asked "In the Loop's" Jeff Horwich to turn the excitement of Super Tuesday into a song. And he did!

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